Program Report for Texas Library Association Annual Conference 2015



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It is time to Sync UP! TLA members by presenting your most imaginative, innovative, and collaborative ideas in the form of Poster Sessions. We are looking for your stories and accomplishments as they relate to all aspects of libraries and librarianship. If you or your institution have launched a new program or been very successful in an ongoing program, share that experience with your fellow library aficionados. We are looking for proposals that reflect the conference theme and goals of being innovative, imaginative, and collaborative, and promote diversity with the benefit of learning new skills or knowledge.

Conference Program Committee.


TALL Texans Recognition and Reception

4:30 - 6:00 pm

Hilton Austin (Loft Bar), 500 East 4th Street

Catch up with fellow TALL Texans and meet the new class. This annual event will feature the Standing TALL award recipient.

TALL Texans Round Table.


Texas Library Association Council I

5:00 - 5:50 pm

Council is the governing body of TLA. All conferees are invited to attend.


Exhibit Hall Grand Opening and Welcome

5:30 - 7:30 pm

Join your colleagues as you settle in for the 2015 Annual Conference. Meet up with friends and exhibitors during this uncontested time and begin four days of networking and socializing. Light refreshments will be provided.

Conference Local Arrangements Committee.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS – WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15
Registration 7 am – 5 pm

Sync Up Station 7 am - 5 pm

Internet Room 10 am – 5 pm

Placement Center 10 am – 5 pm

TLA Store 8 am – 5 pm

Bag Check 10:30 am – 7 pm

Exhibits 10:15 am – 5 pm
ADD CPE Credit Explanation from last year’s text.
Sync Up Station: Your Destination for Imagination, Collaboration, and Innovation **Place in Box.

7:00 am - 5:00 pm

What is the Sync Up Station? It’s a dedicated space where TLA members can come together to share, learn, create, meet, and so much more. You can gather at the Station’s tables and chairs to have a quick meeting, hold an impromptu session, continue a conversation with a speaker, or just recharge your batteries. Sign up for a time slot if you want to plan ahead or just show up. The area is big enough for several groups to meet at once. Check out the topics each day to see what interests you. Find the Sync Up Station near Registration, right outside of Exhibits.

Conference Program Committee.
Barton Springs Swim: The Second Volume of the TLA TRIlogy (Ticketed)

6:45 - 7:45 am



Meet at the corner of Trinity and 4th Street (look for the “health events” sign). Bus will depart at 6:30 am.

Join the “Polar Bear Club” and take an invigorating plunge in the fabled waters of Barton Springs!  Swim laps with Ironman trainees or just dip your toes into the water and hang out at the Philosophers’ Stone for a literary wake-up.  The group will gather at the Philosopher’s Rock sculpture near the entrance of Barton Springs at 6:45 am, then head down to the pool around 7:00 am. We will return to the bus at 7:45 am to be back to the convention center by 8:15 am. Be sure to bring a towel and something warm to wrap up in after your swim! Showers and changing rooms are available onsite. All participants receive a commemorative t-shirt. Participation in all three TRIlogy events is not required. This event is in lieu of the Lynda Becker Memorial Walking Tour in celebration of Austin’s unique recreational areas. [Tickets must be purchased by Friday, April 3 through preregistration.]


Conference Local Arrangements Committee.

District 3 Business Meeting

7:45 - 8:15 am


District 4 Business Meeting

7:45 - 8:15 am


District 7 Business Meeting

7:45 - 8:15 am


(David Baldacci)

CPE#303: SBEC 0.5

General Session I with David Baldacci

8:30 - 10:00 am

David Baldacci catapulted to fame with the publication of his first novel, Absolute Power, in 1996. Since then, he has authored 28 books, sold over 110 million copies, and garnered legions of followers. His first young adult novel, [The Finisher], was a New York Times #1 bestseller, and the sequel will follow in April 2015. Known for the grit and nail-biting tension he brings to his thrillers, Baldacci is a master of his genre. Join this author for revealing looks at his life, work, and literacy project, Wish You Well Foundation. [A book signing to follow the event.]

David Baldacci, Scholastic Inc.

Conference Program Committee and Conference Local Arrangements Committee.


[Jeff Lanza]
CPE#327: SBEC 1.0; TSLAC 1.0

Preventing Acts of Violence in Libraries

10:15 - 11:20 am

While acts of violence seem unpredictable and random, the reality is that many situations build over time. A former FBI agent walks you through recognizing warning signs, using non-threatening verbal and non-verbal techniques during confrontations, and implementing protocols to use when violence occurs.

Jeff Lanza, The Lanza Group.

Conference Program Committee.


[Jorge Argueta; Leslie Bulion; J. Patrick Lewis; George Ella Lyon; Micol Ostow; Brian Rock; Don Tate; Lee Wardlaw; Janet Wong]
CPE#305: SBEC 1.5

11th Annual Poetry Roundup

10:15 - 11:50 am

Join colleagues for this annual presentation showcasing the power of poetry to develop language and literacy skills. Experience firsthand the pleasures of the spoken word as you hear from some of today’s top poets writing for young people.


Jorge Argueta, Groundwood; Leslie Bulion, Peachtree Publishing; Kari Anne Holt and Kenn Nesbitt, Chronicle Books; J. Patrick Lewis and George Ella Lyon, Boyds Mills Press; Micol Ostow, Egmont USA; Brian Rock, poet; Don Tate, Peachtree Publishers; Sylvia Vardell, School of Library and Information Studies, Texas Woman's University; Lee Wardlaw, poet; and Janet Wong, Pomelo Books.

Children's Round Table.


[Barbara Fister]

CPE#322: SBEC 1.5; TSLAC 1.5

Academic Faculty and Librarians in Sync: Helping Students Cross Information Literacy Thresholds

10:15 - 11:50 am

Students must cross learning thresholds critical to information literacy when they do research. Librarians can support faculty in helping students reach literacy milestones by collaborating on instructional strategies to achieve higher-order learning goals.

Barbara Fister, Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library, Gustavus Adolphus College.

College & University Libraries Division.


[Sheryl Grant]

CPE#306: SBEC 1.5; TSLAC 1.5

The Badge Effect: Credentials and Learning in the Library

10:15 - 11:50 am

Badges provide users with a demonstrable means to show competencies and give libraries a new way to assess learning outcomes. A digital learning specialist details how this credentialing system works and how to create a digital badge system for all types of libraries.

Sheryl Grant, HASTAC/MacArthur Foundation Digital Media & Learning Competition.

Conference Program Committee.


[Thanhha Lai; Cynthia Levinson; Eugene Yelchin] Keith Hemstreet; Patti Wheeler; Jane Yolen

CPE#307: SBEC 1.5

Connecting Young Readers to World Cultures with Books

10:15 - 11:50 am

Through reading about topics that range from soccer players in the Red Army to children crossing cultural boundaries to perform in a circus, young readers learn about world cultures through books. Hear how authors research their books and how Skype can be used to bring together authors, readers, and cultures.

Keith Hemstreet and Patti Wheeler, Greenleaf Book Group; Thanhha Lai, HarperCollins Children's Books; Cynthia Levinson, Peachtree Publishers; Eugene Yelchin, Macmillan Children's Publishing Group; and Jane Yolen, Penguin Random House.

Children's Round Table.


[Miguel Figueroa; Beth Hallmark; Eric Lupfer; Sarah Samson]

CPE#308: SBEC 1.5; TSLAC 1.5

Cool Jobs: 2015 Edition

10:15 - 11:50 am

A panel of librarians with atypical jobs will tell you where they are, what they are doing, and how they got there. Find and succeed at careers that build on your library and information science education.

Cheryl Feldman, City Manager’s Office, City of El Paso; Miguel Figueroa, Center for the Future of Libraries, American Library Association; Stan Gunn, Information Technology, Austin Community College; Beth Hallmark, Data Services, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts; Eric Lupfer, Grants & Education, Humanities Texas; Sarah Samson, AppleCare Content Services, Apple, Inc.

Special Libraries Division.


[Michele Villagran]

CPE#311: SBEC 1.0; TSLAC 1.0

Cultural Competencies in the Workplace: A Primer on Management and Leadership

10:15 - 11:50 am

Cultural competency in the workplace begins with leadership and effective management. Join this interactive discussion on managing a diverse workforce. The session covers best practices, pertinent management skills, and guidance on understanding and responding to cultural differences in the workplace.

Kimberly Michelle Gay, John B Coleman Library, Prairie View A&M University; and Michele A. Lucero Villagran, LAC Group.

Diversity & Inclusion Committee.


[Alan Daines]
CPE#309: SBEC 1.5; TSLAC 1.5

Cyber Security and Privacy Issues: What You Should Know

10:15 - 11:50 am

As repositories of collections, data, and information about their users, libraries of all sizes are in the data storage business. Staff must understand both new technologies for handling this storage load and the risks posed for compromised privacy and security breaches. Dell’s Chief Information Security Officer will identify areas for concern and strategies for protecting data.

Alan Daines, Dell.

Public Libraries Division.


CPE#315: SBEC 1.5; TSLAC 1.5

E-Resource Management: Syncing to the Best in the Field

10:15 - 11:50 am

University, community college, school, and public librarians discuss how their institutions select, acquire, provide access, evaluate, and troubleshoot e-resources for their respective audiences.

Jeannie Colson, Lee College; Nancy L. Lambert, McSpedden Elementary, Frisco ISD; Amy Mullin, Collection and Cataloging Services, Austin Public Library; and Alisha Quagliana, Acquisitions, University of Texas at Austin.

Electronic Resources & Serials Management Round Table.


CPE#332: SBEC 1.5; TSLAC 1.5

Leaving None of Our Children Behind: Building a Fluency in Latina/Latino Children's Books

10:15 - 11:50 am

By 2050, Texas public schools are projected to serve nine million students with six million of Latina/Latino heritage. Engage in a discussion addressing the lack of Latina/Latino children's resources. Discover exciting opportunities to transform programs and enhance services for this growing population in order to benefit communities statewide.

Oralia Garza de Cortes, consultant; Angela Valenzuela, Department of Educational Administration, and Emilio Zamora, Tejano History Curriculum Project, University of Texas at Austin.

Latino Caucus Round Table.


[Douglas Watkins]

CPE#347a: SBEC 1.5; TSLAC 1.5

Library Gaming with Minecraft and Faster Than Light – FTL (Hands on Lab 4) (Ticketed; register online only)

10:15 – 11:50 am

Explore galaxies and nebulas in FTL while writing detailed “Captain’s Logs.” Turn Minecraft Adventure Maps into a reading adventure for grades 2-8. This hands-on session will show you how to get the most out of the time your students spend playing Minecraft and FTL. [Tickets must be purchased by Friday, April 3 through preregistration.]

Douglas L. Watkins, Kid Gamer Nation.

Conference Program Committee.


CPE#330: SBEC 2.0; TSLAC 2.0

Project Connect by Follett

10:15 - 11:50 am

Scope Note??

Follet Project Connect Representative;

Conference Program Committee.


CPE#313a: SBEC 1.5; TSLAC 1.5

Streaming Media in Public Libraries: The Newest Generation of AV Materials (Net Fair)

10:15 - 11:50 am

Librarians will discuss the challenges and benefits of adding streaming media to a public library collection. Providers of streaming media services round out this review with a look at the future of the market and delivery models for this service.

Zack Dorsey, Alexander Street Press; Ashley Eklof, Bexar County BiblioTech Digital Library; Marianne Lorio, Collection Development, Houston Public Library; and Eric Timm, Hoopla, Midwest Tape.

Automation & Technology Round Table.


CPE#314: SBEC 1.5; TSLAC 1.5

Summer Reading and Beyond: Learning Activities, Community Partnerships, & Virtual Badges

10:15 - 11:50 am

Take summer reading programs to an exciting new level through community partnerships, tracking learning activities, and digital badges. Representatives from successful programs share best practices and offer lessons learned.

Jennifer Leigh Cummings, Frisco Public Library; Melissa Dease, Dallas Public Library; Melissa Perez, Schimelpfenig Library, Plano Public Library System.

Children's Round Table and Programming for Adults Round Table.


CPE#316: SBEC 1.5; TSLAC 1.5

Teen & Tween Programming: Walking the Tightrope of Budgeting

10:15 - 11:50 am

Score tips and tricks for spending little to no money on crazy fun teen and tween programs. Speakers share savvy strategies for marketing library services, finding free resources, and maximizing the use of books, games, pop culture, crafts, technology, food, and more for resourceful programming. Tip #1: Network with hoarders (really!)

Michelle Beebower, Collection and Cataloging, and Nichole A. Chagnon, Saint John's Branch, Austin Public Library; Renee Dyer, Weslaco East High School, Weslaco ISD; and Christina Hicks, Friendswood Public Library.

Young Adult Round Table and Children's Round Table.


[Estela Bernal; E.R. Frank; Jo Knowles; Sarah Littman; Katie McGarry; Ash Parsons] Elena Dunkle;

CPE#312: SBEC 1.5

Teen Literature: Real Life, Real Issues

10:15 - 11:50 am

Teens deal with tough issues every day. Contemporary literature can help them through trying times. Authors discuss their works, offer programming resources, and show how young adults can find strength and hope within the covers of books.

Estela Bernal, Arte Público Press; Elena Dunkle, Chronicle Books; E.R. Frank, Simon & Schuster Childen’s Publishing; Jo Knowles, Candlewick Press; Sarah Darer Littman, Scholastic Inc.; Katie McGarry, Harlequin Teen; and Ash Parsons, Penguin Random House.

Young Adult Round Table.


CPE#317: SBEC 1.5; TSLAC 1.5

Texas Bluebonnet Award 101: Implementing a Bluebonnet Reading Program

10:15 - 11:50 am

Seasoned librarians will demonstrate how to conduct a successful Texas Bluebonnet Award Reading List program for grades 3 – 6. The panel highlights web resources provided by the TBA committee.

Texas Bluebonnet Award Program Committee.
CPE#310: SBEC 1.5; TSLAC 1.5

Transform Storytime into Family Literacy Programming

10:15 - 11:50 am

Innovative programming initiatives transform storytime into diverse children’s educational programs and develop partnerships for family literacy. TWU researchers discuss the results of an Institute of Museum and Library Services’ Literacy Matters grant project.


Maegan Ellis, Development & Communication, Literacy Coalition of Central Texas; Kate Horan, McAllen Public Library; Ling Hwey Jeng, School Library & Information Science, and Judi Moreillon, Texas Woman's University.

Conference Program Committee.



CPE#320: SBEC 1.0; TSLAC 1.0

Assessing Cataloging Services in an Academic Library

11:00 - 11:50 am

Cataloging departments, an often unseen service, face particular issues in assessing their value. This session reviews the experiences of catalog librarians at a large university library who conducted a survey of public services personnel to assess cataloging services and compiled data for strategic planning.

Kathryn Loafman, Catherine Sassen, and Rebecca Welch, Cataloging & Metadata Services, University of North Texas Libraries.

College & University Libraries Division and Cataloging & Metadata Round Table.


CPE#321: SBEC 1.0; TSLAC 1.0

Augmented Reality: The Other AR

11:00 - 11:50 am

Augmented Reality (AR) technologies allow students to interact with the world, learning resources, and each other in dynamic and engaging ways. Become acquainted with AR, its potential impact on instruction, and programs that let you simultaneously impress and teach students.

Debra Atchison, Technology Professional Development, Richardson ISD.

Texas Association of School Librarians.


CPE#347b: SBEC 1.0; TSLAC 1.0

Next Generation Social Media (Hands on Lab 5) (Ticketed; register online only)

12:00 – 12:50 pm

Scope? [Tickets must be purchased by Friday, April 3 through preregistration.]

Renee Dyer, Weslaco East High School, Weslaco ISD.

Conference Program Committee.



Black Caucus Round Table Business Meeting

12:00 - 12:50 pm

Latino Caucus Round Table Business Meeting

12:00 - 12:50 pm
Library Instruction Round Table Business Meeting

12:00 - 12:50 pm
New Members Round Table Business Meeting

12:00 - 12:50 pm
Reference & Information Services Round Table Planning, Program, & Publicity/Membership Committee Meeting

12:00 - 12:50 pm
{Linda Castillo; Anne Hillerman; Stephen Moore)

CPE#350: SBEC 1.5; TSLAC 1.5

Opening Author Session

12:00 - 1:50 pm

What better way to start a library conference than with an insightful and entertaining discussion about books? Authors provide literary flare and flavor as they share some of their writing experiences and read from their books. [Tickets must be purchased by Friday, April 3 through preregistration.] [Menu includes salad, entrée, sides, dessert, and beverages].

Linda Castillo, Macmillan-Adult; Anne Hillerman and Stephen Moore, HarperCollins Publishers.

Library Friends, Trustees, & Advocates Round Table.


(Laura Young)??????

CPE#313b: SBEC 1.0; TSLAC 1.0

50 Emerging Technologies in 50 Minutes (Net Fair)

1:00 - 1:50 pm

Get great tech ideas for your library. Laura Young will describe 50 emerging technologies in 50 minutes and identify which ones stand out from the pack.

Laura Young, Bizologie.

Automation & Technology Round Table.


[Nancy Goebel]

CPE#355: SBEC 1.0; TSLAC 1.0

Check Out a Human Book!

1:00 - 1:50 pm

Human books are people who choose to share their stories. Patrons can meet and learn from someone they never considered "reading": a refugee, a person who is disabled, a homeless person. Discover more about this movement, including public response, benefits, and guidance on conducting an event.

Nancy Goebel, Augustana Campus Library, University of Alberta.

Conference Program Committee.


[Dan Gutman; Dan Yacccarino]

CPE#356: SBEC .5 **BUSINESS MEETING icon

Dan vs. Dan: Winning Author Visits

1:00 - 1:50 pm

Dan Gutman and Dan Yaccarino use their made-up online feud to create engaging library visits, social media buzz, and interest in their books. Catch them in action! Who will win this epic literary smackdown? [A CRT business meeting precedes the program.]

Dan Gutman, HarperCollins Children's Books; and Dan Yaccarino, Macmillan Children's Publishing Group & Penguin Random House.

Children's Round Table and Texas Association of School Librarians.


CPE#358: SBEC 1.0; TSLAC 1.0

Distance Learning Collaborative Tools

1:00 - 1:50 pm

Panelists will review online collaborative tools that can be integrated to enhance library instruction classes for distance as well as traditional learners. Audience members will have an opportunity to evaluate the tools presented.

Karen Holt, Library, University of Texas - Pan American; and Arta Kabashi, Amigos Library Services.

Distance E-Learning Round Table, Media & Related Technologies Round Table, and Texas State Library & Archives Commission.


CPE#357: SBEC 1.0; TSLAC 1.0

How to Handle Censorship Challenges

1:00 - 1:50 pm

Many librarians will deal with censorship efforts at some point in their careers. Materials challenges are disruptive to a library’s operations and unsettling for staff. The panel offers strategies and resources to help you and your library come through a difficult time stronger than ever.

Victoria C. Kemp, Flower Mound Public Library; Patricia F. Peters, Decatur Public Library; and Ellen Thibodeau, Eastside Memorial High School, Austin ISD.

Intellectual Freedom Committee.

[Trudi Jacobson]

CPE#359: SBEC 1.0; TSLAC 1.0 **President’s Program

The New ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education

1:00 - 1:50 pm

Librarians are reframing and reimagining information literacy standards. Explore the new ACRL Information Literacy Framework with leaders of this exciting initiative. Learn how institutions can design instructional curricula that meet the needs of student populations.

Craig Gibson, Thompson Library, Ohio State University; and Trudi E. Jacobson, University at Albany, SUNY.

Library Instruction Round Table.



CPE#360: SBEC 1.0; TSLAC 1.0

Nuts and Bolts of Improving Efficiency in Public Libraries

1:00 - 1:50 pm

Pressed to do more with less? Texas librarians describe how they improved operations and efficiency by maximizing staff resources through workflow and job description analysis, cross training, customer empowerment, and building design.

Shelley Holley, Frisco Public Library; Kate P. Horan, McAllen Public Library; and Maria Redburn, Bedford Public Library.

Texas Municipal Library Directors Association, Conference Program Committee, and TALL Texans Round Table.


CPE#343: SBEC 1.0; TSLAC 1.0

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